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Martha Jungwirth, Untitled, 1987, oil on cardboard mounted on canvas, 42 1/2 x 28".

Martha Jungwirth

Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender

Martha Jungwirth, Untitled, 1987, oil on cardboard mounted on canvas, 42 1/2 x 28".

Although Martha Jungwirth received considerable notice early in her artistic career, cofounding the Viennese collective Wirklichkeiten (Realities) in 1968, teaching at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, from 1967 to ’77, and participating in Documenta 6 in 1977, the seventy-three-year-old painter is a lesser-known figure in the contemporary-art landscape. Over the past thirty years, Jungwirth has shown infrequently, and rarely outside her native Austria. Recently this has started to change. Nevertheless, her practice of refined gestural painting no doubt comes as a discovery for many viewers. This small, stunning exhibition of Jungwirth’s paintings—her first solo show in Germany in many years—provided a rare and revelatory introduction to her work.

The show comprised fourteen paintings, all from the mid- to late 1980s, except for one from 1992. Most of the

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